Over the last 10 years, the number of morphine users has significantly increased. While it can be used for a number of reasons medicinally, it can be difficult and painful to stop when it is used long-term and in high doses. For many users, they turn to morphine medical detox treatment here at Shadow Mountain Recovery for assistance.
What Exactly Is Morphine?
Morphine is a pain relieving medication, but it is an opiate narcotic medication. It works by blocking pain receptors in your brain and spinal cord. This decreases the pain you are feeling by giving you a false sense of contentment and bliss. It is often used to help treat pulmonary edema and can have an effect of sedation on the user. When it is combined with other drugs and alcohol, the effects are very serious and can be life-threatening. It can sometimes lead to death.
Signs and Symptoms Associated with the Use of Morphine
The most common side effects associated with the use of morphine include dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, nausea, weight loss, loss of appetite, sweating, mood swings, confusion, agitation, body aches and stiff muscles. More serious side effects include irregular heartbeat, breathing difficulty, vision problems, seizures and hallucinations.
Over time, users can develop a dependency on the drug. It is also possible for the brain to be permanently altered, especially when there is misuse of the drug. Chronic use of morphine can impair one’s mental and physical abilities while also reducing their level of consciousness. Women who use morphine while pregnant are putting their unborn baby at serious risk of dependency as well as withdrawal symptoms.
Morphine Medical Detox
There are multiple withdrawal symptoms when a user decides to stop using morphine. These include watery eyes, chills, nausea, diarrhea, runny nose, insomnia, yawning and sweating. Other symptoms include emotional trauma, psychological trauma as well as high blood pressure that can lead to heart attack and stroke. These symptoms can often last several days. For that reason, it is often recommended for users to undergo IV therapy medical detox rather than self-reporting outpatient detox. This is safer and more effective for habitual users of morphine. It allows for patients to be more comfortable because there is constant supervision and adjustment of IV medications that help to keep withdrawal symptoms under control.
After Medical Detoxification from Morphine
Once the detoxification process is complete at Shadow Mountain Recovery, we can further help you get your life together with our behavioral program. We can help you realize the poor choices that you previously made that you led to use morphine and teach you new behaviors and habits that will help you make different choices that will lead you down a different path to a more fulfilling life that doesn’t consist of drugs.